No. 9 Northeastern State pulls away in 2nd half to beat Eagles 7-2

Brandon Little Axe scored OC's first goal in a loss at Northeastern State.
Brandon Little Axe scored OC's first goal in a loss at Northeastern State.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (Sept. 17, 2013) – The final score might not reflect it, but Oklahoma Christian gave No. 9-ranked Northeastern State a challenge on Tuesday night.

In the first meeting between the longtime rivals in 15 years, OC tied the game early in the second half before the RiverHawks responded with three goals in a seven-minute span, eventually pulling away for a 7-2 win at DeLoache Field.

Northeastern, a NCAA Division II quarterfinalist last year, had only surrendered one goal all season before OC sophomore forward Brandon Little Axe headed home a corner kick from Domenico DeGrazia in the eighth minute, putting the Eagles ahead 1-0.

Adam Schmoker tied the game for NSU (3-0-1) in the 16th minute, and Juan Peralta gave the RiverHawks a 2-1 lead in the 21st minute, taking a through ball from Jordan Schmoker and beating OC goalkeeper Connor Davenport.

OC (2-1) responded in the second half, with Cody Cook scoring an unassisted goal in the 50th minute. But just as quickly as the Eagles seized the momentum, NSU grabbed it right back.

Jordan Schmoker picked up his second assist on Peralta’s second goal, which came 61 seconds after Cook had tied the game. In the 57th minute, Northeastern went up 4-2 on a goal by Adam Schmoker, and 41 seconds after that, Paul Samia beat OC goalkeeper Evan Helker to make it 5-2.

Jordan Schmoker scored in the 68th minute for the RiverHawks and Brandon Carter added another goal in the 85th minute. Northeastern’s seven goals were the most scored by an OC opponent since Northwestern Oklahoma State beat OC 7-1 in 1996.

Northeastern outshot the Eagles 37-6. Davenport made three saves while Helker had seven. Northeastern goalkeeper Eric Shepherd recorded two saves.

OC will go back on the road on Friday, when the Eagles travel to Wichita, Kan., to take on Newman in a nonconference game.